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President Donald Trump points to Ford Motors CEO Mark Fields, center, at the start of a meeting with automobile leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Also at the meeting are Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, right, and White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, second from the right. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Four senior Trump officials were caught using a private email server


At least four Trump administration senior staffers have active accounts on a Republican National Committee (RNC) private email server, Newsweek reported.

Counselor Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser Jared Kushner, White House press secretary Sean Spicer and senior counselor Steve Bannon reportedly have rnchq.org email accounts. News of the private accounts follow a tumultuous 2016 campaign in which Hillary Clinton's use of a private email system as secretary of state developed into a point of contention.

The use of separate political email accounts at the White House isn't illegal. Former President George H.W. Bush used a private email server and failed to store some 22 million emails between 2003 and 2009. As a result, emails that would have shed light on a pivotal point in American foreign policy were lost.

Because the Hatch Act prohibits executive branch employees from engaging in some forms of political activity, many staffers use separate email accounts to compartmentalize White House operations from political conversations. 

Newsweek noted that since publishing their original story on the subject, the RNC has deleted the emails of all involved staffers expect Spicer's.

Though the practice of using private email servers isn't illegal, it raises cybersecurity concerns.

Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta, unexpectedly found himself in the hot seat after Wikileaks released thousands of his personal emails, which allegedly included the transcripts of Clinton's Wall Street speeches, though the Clinton campaign declined to confirm their authenticity. 

And people are beginning to take notice of the irony. 

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